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Whirlpool Gas Dryer idler pulley assembly (# 691366)

The pulley fell off, but everything is intact, and I need no new parts. When I re-install it (that is, place the pulley back in the slot which looks suspect) there's no tension. Apparently, if only I had taken a peek at it before it fell off, I could've fixed it in 2 seconds. What am I doing wrong?

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  • the1alroy Aug 05, 2008

    right-o I thot the pulley was the last thing the belt went around but it was the motor. I would've also helped if you'd sed 'think outside the box'. thx.

  • russorick Dec 18, 2008

    Need help installing idler pulley assembly also.Does someone have instructions on how to install?











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  • mickeyNo7 Apr 21, 2009

    I have a Kenmore 70 Series dryer & the belt broke. When I looked inside, the idler pulley (691366) was laying on the bottom of the dryer not attached to anything. I can't figure out how/where to attach it to the dryer frame, or how the belt interfaces with it.

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Pull the belt thru the ider not around it if you cant get it..post your email i will send you the guide on it along with your model number

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If the model number is correct, installing a new dryer belt for this dryer involves the following steps:

1. UNPLUG the dryer and remove the lint screen.

2. Remove the two screws that were under the lint screen and lift the top panel.

3. Unplug the door switch conector plug and any ground wire that may be installed on the casing.

4. Locate the two screws that hold the front panel in place. There should be one screw on each side in the cabinet interior.

5. With the door shut, lean against the front panel and remove the two screws that hold it in place. Once the screws are removed, grasp the front panel at the top center and lift straight up to remove.

You should now have complete access to the dryer interior. If the belt is broken, this may cause the idler pulley (tensioner) to come loose. This is normal with no tension on the pulley to hold it in place. To install a new belt (if required) and re-install the pulley, follow these steps:

1. Loop the drive belt around the dryer drum with the groove side facing the drum. (Try to line the belt up with the wear marks already on the drum from the previous belt).

2. With the tensioner in your left hand, insert the clip end of the idler pulley into the grooves on the dryer bottom casing with the idler wheel pointing to your left. (The grooves are directly in front of the drive motor.)

3. While holding the tensioner in place, insert the belt UNDER the wheel with your right hand and pull it up and over the drive motor pulley.

If this does not explain it well enough, you can also verify by going to repairclinic.com. Click on the Repair Help link and look for the "Dryer Belt Diagrams" link under the Special Features section on the next page. Look for Roper and refer to diagram H.

Replacement parts (if required) can be ordered on line at any of the following websites:

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The part number for a replacement belt is 341241. All these sites offer great service with competitive pricing, so shop and compare. The first three sites I have listed also inlcude helpful exploded view diagrams that can help you locate and properly indentify the parts you may need.

NOTE: If you still have the teflon glide type tensioner, Whirlpool recommends you replace it with a conventional roller type idler pulley. The teflon type tensioners caused premature wear to the drive belt. The part number is 691366.


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NOTE: Don't forget to reconnect the grounding wire and door switch connector plug. Without the door switch connected, the dryer will not run. Lower the top panel back in place and reinstall the two screws.

NOTE: Placing a piece of duct tape over the dryer vent chute will help safeguard against dropping anything down in the blower fan assembly. If you drop any screws down the chute, you will need to remove the dryer back panel to retrieve them. If you have any questions about this repair, please post back and let me know. I hope this helps you.

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Reverse disassembly process to re-assemble.

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